Woven Into Song is a collaborative performance by boliyan singers and choirs from Kirklees. It tells the stories of economic migrants from the industrial revolution to the present day.
Hardeep Sahota and Mandeep Samra researched women’s stories of migrating from South Asian countries to work in the Kirklees textile industry during the 1950s and 1960s. Then Boff Whalley of Commoners Choir used their stories, as well as textile workers accounts of life during the industrial revolution, to write a song that resonates across the centuries.
The Huddersfield Boliyan Ensemble, Swanjit Kaur and Kal Mellor then worked together using the boliyan verse to also tell the women’s stories.
HOOT community choirs, together with members of Commoners Choir, then came together with the Huddersfield Boliyan Ensemble to create a moving and memorable performance at Holmfirth Arts Festival in June 2019.